MELAKA – The Education Ministry wants issues discussed at the Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) which starts today, to be forwarded to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), for further action.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said once the dialogue ends, the organisers, World Assembly Of Youth (WAY), would submit topics of discussion to the UNESCO headquarters and the UNESCO branch in Bangkok, Thailand to carry out remedial action related to problems faced by youth.
The Melaka International Youth Dialogue is an annual programme of the World Assembly of Youth which brings together young people, youth leaders and relevant stakeholders from around the world to discuss pertinent youth issues.
“What is being initiated by WAY is very timely and relevant since discussions held during the dialogue are related to problems faced by youth and ways to solve their problems, especially juvenile cases. Members of 40 countries are participating in the dialogue.
“Through the dialogue we will be able to hear the views of youth throughout the country and recommendations or ways to overcome them,” he told reporters after opening the MIYD here today.
The theme for the 17th Melaka International Youth Dialogue ‘Our Roles in Solving Juvenile Delinquency’ has been realised to fulfill the principal opinions and roles of young people towards combating both juvenile violence and solving delinquent behaviour.
The outcome guided by this selected theme is expected to contribute favourably in youth development as well as betterment of societies as a whole throughout the world.
The five-day dialogue (July 9-13) was also attended by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron who is the president of WAY.
An interactive dialogue on this topic will be of significance to form, educate, increase awareness on the challenges and entitlements of youth towards non-violence, peaceful and secure environment that assures and supports their development fully at the different levels of society that they represent.
Idris said since a large number of youth are made up of students who face various challenges and problems, especially gangsterism, drugs, bullying, truancy, etc.
“I believe this dialogue will not only useful for the nation but for the community at all levels, locally and globally,” he said citing the reason bullying cases which resulted in the death of two youths.
He said though juvenile cases account for just 0.06 per cent over the last five years, the figures are still high and should be reduced further through the participation of all stakeholders – parents, community, non governmental organisations and relevant authorities. – BERNAMA